We think of a chef’s kitchen as their office, but it turns out chefs have a lot more do than chopping and flambéing. Sure, recipe testing happens in the ktichen but a lot of the actual development happens elsewhere. When Kris Yenbamroong, chef of LA’s NIGHT & MARKET and his new wife Sarah St. Lifer needed a place to work on their upcoming cookbook, they called in Laurel & Wolf’s Jessica Ruiz Lee to help design an inspirational home office that would showcase items they’ve collected in travels around the world. See their office in the slideshow and Jessica shares more below.

What were Kris’ needs for his home office?
Kris needed to get organized and increase his productivity in his home office. He requested extra storage for his cookbooks and paperwork. His restaurant has so many vibrant fun colors; with his home office, he wanted a more calming work space so I went with cool tones and wood elements.

Where there any particular challenges in this project?
Storage was one the biggest challenges, the space is small so I tried to free up floor space as much as possible and utilize wall space instead for storing his cookbooks. I started with the most important storage pieces like the file cabinets, bookcases, and desk to ensure the items fit properly within the room. Once I had the main pieces nailed down I was able to incorporate some fun accessory items like the blue rug and chair as well as the picture frames to display his personal artwork. The result is a comfortable, distraction-free area that reflects his unique personality.

What is unique about taking on a client for just one room’s redesign?
Working on one-room designs allows me to really focus on bringing in items that the client will love, making it unique to their personality.